..... "I was doing fine up to Foresthill, but I've entered a world of hurt since. The pain is getting intense," I said. There was a long moment of silence, and then the Indian chief began to speak. "That is to be expected," he said, continuing to scan the sky. "Pain is the body's way of ridding itself of weakness."
So writes Dean Karnazes in his book Ultra Marathon Man (see My Recommendations in the sidebar) in an encounter at one of the check points on his first ultra marathon race the Western States 100.
Well, if what the Indian chief says is true, my legs are doing some ridding of weakness this morning! . I'm having difficulty walking this morning because of stiffness and soreness in my legs. But it takes nothing away from yesterday's run. It's all part of the process, of building up, healing, improving and learning. It'll mean at least 2 and maybe 3 days of rest, but I've learned to put up with that too.
On a more positive note, the bathroom scales tell me this morning that I've dropped another 2lbs. Step by step, pound by pound, mile by mile, I'm getting there.